'Cla$$war' Optioned By 'Surrogates' Producers Mandeville Films

Cla$$war"Cla$$war," the celebrated miniseries that follows a government-created super-soldier as he discovers the terrible truth about the program that created him, has been optioned by "Surrogates" production company Mandeville Films.

Written by Rob Williams with art by Trevor Hairsine and Travel Foreman, "Cla$$war" was published from 2002-2004 by Com.x. The series featured a scientifically engineered, government-sponsored superhero called The American as he comes to terms with the political implications of his existence and is forced to battle the rest of his super-powered team.

According to Com.x, which will announce more details about the deal during a panel at 7 PM EST (4 PM PST) today at Long Beach Comic Con, Rick Alexander of Alexander Content will co-produce the "Cla$$war" movie with Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Com.x and Mandeville have promised an announcement regarding the film's screenwriter in the near future.

Along with "Surrogates," Mandeville Films previously picked up the rights to develop the Top Cow comic book "Alibi" (which we spoke to Matt Hawkins about last month), as well as the upcoming Paramount Pictures film "The Fighter," starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with a production company that has a solid grasp of the comic book market,” said Com.x publishers Eddie Deighton and Ben Shahrabani. “This is such an important title for us that we wanted to ensure it’s treated with the sensitivity the material and its fans deserve. I can’t wait to see its heroes rocking the big screen.”

Combining equal parts "The Authority" and "The Ultimates," the six-issue "Cla$$war" series was recently collected in a hardcover graphic novel that presented the series with a number of special features, including an introduction by "The Losers" writer Andy Diggle. When "Cla$$war" was first published in 2002, it received nearly unanimous praise for blending a cutting-edge political thriller with a super-powered adventure.


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